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September 16: Michigan Ingenuity on Display at 2014 MICHauto Summit; Chamber Announces Leadership Detroit XXXVI Class

Michigan Ingenuity on Display at 2014 MICHauto Summit

Two new dynamic displays showcasing the spirit of Michigan’s automotive ingenuity will be prominently featured at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on Sept. 23 at COBO Hall in Detroit. “Michigan at Work” will include clay models, 3-D printing and robotics demonstrations from the College for Creative Studies, TechShop and Square One Education Network. Also, a “Made in Michigan” display features 10 vehicles that are designed, engineered and/or manufactured in Michigan from Chrysler Group LLC., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Nissan North America Inc., and Toyota Motor Corp.

The daylong Summit features industry leaders and stakeholders who will discuss design, engineering, manufacturing and all things automotive. Keynote speakers include: Detroit Auto Dealers Association’s Rod Alberts, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Chrysler Group’s Ralph Gilles, General Motors’ Mark Reuss, and Gov. Rick Snyder.

Listen to Rob Luce, director of MICHauto at the Detroit Regional Chamber, preview the Summit on Michigan Business Network. Click here for more information about the MICHauto Summit.

Chamber Announces Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI

The Detroit Regional Chamber last week announced the participants in Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI, a 10-month transformational leadership program designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from Southeast Michigan to bring about positive change.

The class kicked-off with an intense two-day team-building orientation at Camp Tamarack in Ortonville. Class XXXVI features 70 executives from across Southeast Michigan representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

Click here for a complete list of the Leadership Detroit XXXVI roster.

Henry Ford Health System Revs Up Support at ‘Get Your Heart Racing’ Event

The Detroit Regional Chamber lent its support to Get Your Heart Racing, the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) and Ford Motor Co. annual fundraiser this past weekend, which raised $425,000 for the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute.

The event’s fourth iteration attracted nearly 600 guests to the beautifully transformed Eastern Market Shed 3. Guests enjoyed fabulous food and drink while learning about the work being done at HFHS in remarks from Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber CEO; Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development and co-chairman of the event; and Nancy Schlichting, Henry Ford Health System CEO. Throughout the weekend, guests also visited Ford’s Dearborn Proving Grounds for a series of dynamic driving activities.

Images and video from the event will be posted online later this week.

ITS World Congress Highlights Detroit Auto Industry; Best Attended Show

Leading transportation experts and professionals from around the world packed Cobo Center in Detroit last week for the 2014 ITS World Congress. The conference was the best attended in the history of Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s events.

The annual conference showcases the most advanced transportation technologies surrounding the future of mobility, technology and regulations. It featured more than 9,000 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) professionals and 313 exhibitors, 96 of whom were new to the ITS community.

As part of its regional collaboration efforts, the Detroit Regional Chamber partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and several other like-minded organizations at the event to promote Michigan’s standing as the epicenter of the automotive industry. The event exposed Detroit and the region’s assets and advancements to the world, including live demonstrations of driverless vehicles and next generation safety sensors on Belle Isle featuring each of Michigan’s five prominent OEMs.

To learn more about ITS World Congress, click here.

‘Leaders & Laggards’ Report Shows More Work Needed for Education Reform

Four years after its initial Leaders & Laggards report found that U.S. schools needed to do a better job of delivering higher quality education, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released its latest report on Sept. 11.

The report, titled “A State-by-State Report Card on K-12 Educational Effectiveness,” measures 11 metrics including academic achievement, academic achievement for low-income and minority students and international competitiveness.

According to the report, Michigan ranks high in terms of creating a strong teacher workforce, reporting and collecting education data and providing school options for families. The state ranked at the bottom for academic achievement, return on investment (ROI) and international competiveness compared to other states.

Education reform is a key strategic pillar for the Chamber. Click here to see the full results from the Leaders & Laggards report.

Candidate Spotlight: Kenneth Horn (32nd Senate District)

Michigan’s 32nd state Senate district is shaping up to be one of the closest races of the 2014 election cycle, and the Detroit Regional Chamber PAC is proud to endorse the candidacy of former state Rep. Kenneth Horn, R-Frankenmuth.

As a first-generation immigrant growing up along Woodward Avenue, Horn gained an appreciation for the value that a prosperous Detroit region offers the state. Throughout his six years in the state House, Horn earned praise for his leadership as chairman of the House Energy Committee.

He traveled throughout the region to champion the “Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act,” passed in 2008, that provides for a regulated market with reasonable choice. Horn also received the Michigan Manufacturers Association 2010 “Legislator of the Year” award for his commitment to improving the state’s automotive industry. After redistricting, the 32nd district contains all of Saginaw County and parts of Genesee County.

For a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here.